SCF Model UN Team Named Outstanding Delegation, Best Position Paper at Spring Conference

(Bradenton, Fla., April 11, 2015) — For the first time in State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) history, the SCF Model United Nations (UN) team won the Outstanding Delegation Award, the top honor given at the 25th annual Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN) Conference in Charlotte, N.C., Apr. 9-11.

Representing China in a range of committees from the General Assembly to INTERPOL to the Security Council, the SCF delegation also received the Best Position Paper.

Team members, including SCF students Jordan Foth, Anne Miller, Kristen Moreno, Carolina Montes, Matthew Ruch, George Vasquez and SCF Collegiate School student Carlyle Styer, competed with more than 300 college students from four-year universities and two-year colleges from across the country.

Individual students receiving special commendation included SCF Venice student Anne Miller, a North Port resident who won an Outstanding Delegate Award for her work on the African Development Bank, and Carlyle Styer, who won an Outstanding Delegate Award for his work on the UN Security Council. This semester's conference included topics ranging from the threat of cybercrime to stopping the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa.

This semester SCF's Model UN team members received a perfect score on four out of the five submitted position papers. It is believed that the team's 99.4 percent average score is possibly the highest in the conference's 25-year history.  

“SCF students have earned a perfect score on a handful of individual position papers at past conferences, but this year, it has truly been a team achievement. I’m excited for our students because the position papers are what they spend all semester working on, so it really reflects the academic hard work they put in over the course of the semester,” said Danny Fuerstman, team faculty adviser.

Fuerstman is particularly proud of the team’s stellar academic performance, given how challenging China was as an assignment.

“China is not only an incredibly important country to represent at a mock session of the United Nations, but it is also a nation whose foreign policy is very challenging for students to research,” Fuerstman said.

SCF Venice student Ruch, who is the head delegate for the team, considers his participation on the Model UN team for the past two semesters to be one of his most rewarding experiences at SCF. 

"The SCF Model UN Program allows us as students to gain a global perspective while also developing skills that are vital to continuing our education and professional development," Ruch said.

Ruch, a North Port resident, came to SCF as a homeschooled dual-enrolled student and is grateful to professors and advisers who encouraged him to take on leadership roles, which have prepared him for the next step in his educational journey and in life. After graduating with his Associate in Arts degree in Spring 2015, Ruch plans to attend Florida Gulf Coast University to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications. 

“SCF was a convenient way to begin my higher education, but it became so much more – a community with unparalleled opportunities and a remarkable network of support,” Ruch said.

With most current students graduating this spring, the team looks to rebuild and come back strong at the November 2015 Southern Regional Model United Nations conference in Atlanta, where they will be representing Canada.

Model UN team
SCF Model UN team members (front) Anne Miller, Carolina Montes, Carlyle Styer,
Kristen Moreno and Jordan Foth (back row) Matt Ruch, George Vasquez and
team adviser Danny Fuerstman.

Outstanding Delagates
SCF Model UN Outstanding Delegate Award Winners were SCF
student Anne Miller and SCF Collegiate School student Carlyle Styer.

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